Young People at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Collect Money and Food for Good Causes

The youth at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chatham collected money and food for charity on Feb. 7. Front row, from left, are Pastor Wendolyn Trozzo with Caedmon Trozzo, Spencer LaChance, Kevin Thompson, Campbell Johnson, Josh Smith and Abby Smith; back row, from left, are Pastor Eric Trozzo, Matt Gluckman, Ryan McArdle, Marie Anderson, Jenna Caporaso, Blake Fallon, Jake Hanley and Scott Martinsen.

Young people at a Chatham church showed their commitment to faith, hope and charity, as they collected money and food for two good causes earlier this month.

At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Shunpike Road, youth from grades six through 12 collected two carloads of canned goods for the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown and raised $240 for Haiti relief.

The effort was held on February 7 in conjunction with SouperBowl of Caring, a national movement in which participating congregations raise money that goes toward fighting hunger and poverty in their local communities.

"This is the fourth year we've celebrated SouperBowl Sunday, and it's a joy to see young people leading the community in caring for our neighbors," said the Rev. Wendolyn Trozzo, pastor at Gloria Dei. "The youth learn, and teach us all, to be a servant Church."

On the same day, nine young people in Gloria Dei's Confirmation program planned worship and preached a sermon on "What Jesus calls us to today," as part of the church's annual Youth Sunday event.

"All Christians are called to proclaim love and mercy, but often youth can say things most clearly. It's amazing to hear all that they've been learning in confirmation class put into their own words as they share their faith," said Rev. Trozzo.

A member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gloria Dei holds worship at 8:30am and 10am every Sunday.

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